Congratulations to Sir Andrew, Alison, Flick, Kirsty and Sir Menzies

The Queen’s Birthday Honours have been announced and so far we are aware of four Liberal Democrats who feature. There may well be more and we will update you as the day goes on.

The first Voice congratulations go to Sir Andrew Stunell who receives a knighthood for public and political service. Andrew has served this party in many capacities. I first knew him back in the 90s when he worked for ALDC and I’m glad to see his service at all levels of Government being recognised.

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams becomes a CBE. She has led the party in Wales since 2008 and one of her many achievements was to persuade the Welsh Government to implement a version of Nick Clegg’s pupil premium.

Alison McInnes,  MSP for north east Scotland becomes an OBE. Alison’s work on justice has been incredible. She’s pushed the SNP hard when they have failed so terribly on female offenders. When you have a Justice Secretary who gives all the impression of really not caring about people, it’s all the more important that you have someone in the opposition who does. She’s also previously been a councillor with a strong record of serving her local community and I’m delighted to see that her service has been noticed.

Cllr Flick Rea, who’s the longest serving Camden Councillor, having been first elected in 1986, receives an MBE. She is currently chair of the LGA’s Culture and Tourism Board and was in charge of sport and culture on Camden Council for four years before 2010.

The most prestigious honour goes to former leader Sir Menzies Campbell who joins the elite Order of the Companions of Honour. That honour  is bestowed on people for services of national importance and is a sign of  his  authority on international affairs and defence. He joins the likes of Stephen Hawking, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen and Denis Healey in the order and is the first Liberal Democrat member.

As I said above, there’s bound to be Liberal Democrats that I’ve missed. Please add them in the comments.  THe whole list is here if you want to have a look.

It is interesting to note that by my count there are now at least as many Liberal Democrat MPs who are knights as there are women. This is not something that should make us proud.

Although it’s right to celebrate and congratulate the four people who have been honoured, we all know many ordinary people who serve their communities in many ways decade in, decade out and we should always show our appreciation of them too.

 

* Caron Lindsay is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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11 Comments

  • Kirsty Williams got a CBE

  • lynne featherstone 15th Jun '13 - 10:17am

    Congrats to all. Andrew S has been so dedicated for so many years – great to see his huge contribution recognised. ps – I shadowed Andrew as part of a scheme to encourage women into politics. I couldn’t have had a better tutor!

  • I’ll take my usual curmedgeon role.

    Andrew has undoubtedly contributed a huge amount to the party. However that is something that should be recognised by the party rather than a public award.

    According to .gov.uk honours are awarded for:
    1) achievements in public life
    2) committing themselves to serving and helping Britain

    So if some MPs qualify for Knighthoods, then surely all of them should. Most of what MPs get a Knighthood for is pretty much having done their job, for which they are paid, for a bit longer than most others.

    Compare them to the record of people who get Knighthoods in other fields. Look at sporting Knighthoods (as most people will have heard of those involved) which go to people like Woodward, Redgrave, Bradman and Charlton. Those are people who reached the very pinnacle of their field. I like and respect Andrew, Bob Russell etc, they’ve done a lot for the party and some have done a lot for me personally. But their achievements just don’t match up to what is required of people knighted in other fields.

  • David Loxton MBE, former Director Of Membership Services

  • Martin Pierce 15th Jun '13 - 10:36pm

    No. There are no congratulations involved in taking baubles from the Queen (that actually she doesn’t even give out). Any Lib Dem worth his or her salt would refuse all this nonsense.

  • Let’s face it – we’ve been tanking in the polls, we’ve lost a hell of a lot of good councillors, we’ve failed to get our main constitutional reforms through etc etc but with 2015 looming there is a biffo answer to all this. Let’s snipe at anything to do with royalty. Who needs any of this stuff. A campaign against the Queen and all the traditions associated with her , that should bring our popularity flooding back. That should do it . Yeah?

    On reflection maybe not.

  • @ Denis
    “we’ve failed to get our main constitutional reforms through etc etc”

    “We’ve had our constitutional reforms blocked by a party with five times as many MPs, a large chunk of the press, wealthy backerse and vested interests to protect etc etc.,” is what think you mean.

  • wealthy backers

    Typo. Sorry.

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